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 Mountain Views News Saturday, September 22, 2012 


 Contribution is part of the nearly $10 million AT&T 
Aspire Local Impact initiative supporting outstanding 

Pasadena, CA, - Supporting excellence in education at the public 
schools of Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre, the Pasadena 
Educational Foundation has been selected to receive a $300,000 
grant from AT&T’s Aspire Program. The Pasadena Educational 
Foundation is committed to providing its students with access to 
high quality education, opportunity for higher learning, and support 
for success in school, college, and beyond. By spring 2013, 
students within College & Career Pathways in Pasadena Unified 
School District high schools will participate in at least one work-
based learning opportunity to demonstrate the importance of career 


"I applaud AT&T for the Aspire program and recognizing the importance 
of 21st Century learning. As educators, we need to provide 
our students with the skills to compete in the global workforce,” 
said Jon R. Gundry, Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent. 
“This grant to the Pasadena Educational Foundation will allow 
us at PUSD to continue offering high quality programs that 
prepare students for college and career even in these difficult budgetary 


The Pasadena Educational Foundation will use the contribution 
from AT&T to support the Pasadena Unified School District’s 
(PUSD) College and Career Pathways as part of their Aspire program. 
The funds, to be awarded over the course of two years, will 
support PUSD’s high school programs that prepare students for 
successful careers and higher learning opportunities in specialized 
fields. One pathway is the App Academy, which features courses 
and projects in mobile applications, web applications, and game development. 
The App Academy teaches students exceptional problem-
solving techniques, the ability to properly manage their time in 
a rigorous educational program, collaborate with their peers, and 
enable them to have the self-belief to succeed in future academic 
and professional aspirations in any field.

 “We are honored to partner with the Pasadena Educational Foundation 
as their commitment has made a tremendous impact on 
preparing students for their future careers,” said Ken McNeely, 
President of AT&T California. “Now more than ever, organizations 
like PEF are needed to help students become better prepared for 
their future. This grant is one way that we can work with educators 
to help ensure the success of students and the success of our 


Because of its solid record of proven results and its innovation, the 
Pasadena Educational Foundation is one of 47 recipients nationwide 
that will share in nearly $10 million from AT&T. With more 
than one million students impacted since its launch in 2008, the 
AT&T Aspire program is one of the largest corporate commitments 
focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready 
for college and careers. AT&T announced an additional quarter-
billion-dollar expansion to the program earlier this year, bringing 
the total commitment to $350 million.


“We are proud to serve our students and provide innovative programs 
that will best serve them 
for successful careers,” said Erik 
Dreyer, Director of Pasadena 
Educational Foundation’s STEM 
Programs. “Thanks to AT&T, we 
can continue to work with PUSD 
in enhancing instructional programs, 
like the App Academy, 
to inspire the minds of young 
engineers, technicians, and innovators. 
The App Academy will 
strive to do for computer science 
education what Microsoft, 
Google, Apple and Facebook 
have done for computing: make 
it undeniably accessible, useful 
and fun, all at the same time.”


Educators in schools and non-
profits across the country have 
a unique understanding of the 
challenges students face in their 
communities. Through a competitive 
process, 47 schools and 
non-profits, including the Pasadena 
Educational Foundation, 
were selected from thousands 
nationwide. To learn more about 
all of the organizations that were 
selected, please visit www.att.


Applicants were evaluated based 
on their accomplishments in 
serving students at risk of dropping 
out of high school and their 
ability to use data to demonstrate 
the effectiveness of their work. 
After a rigorous and competitive 
process, the Pasadena Educational 
Foundation was identified 
as making a real difference 
in their community by supporting 
and motivating traditionally 
underserved students to stay in 
school and prepare for the next 
step in life.


About Pasadena Educational Foundation 

Pasadena Educational Foundation is a 
nonprofit organization that advocates for 
public education, engages the community, 
and develops resources to support 
excellent education for every Pasadena 
Unified School District student. For more 
information call 626-396-3625 or visit



Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: David L. Vannasdall

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Joanne Testa Cross

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patano


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 626-798-8989


LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 


Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2000, 


Norma Coombs Alternative School

2600 Paloma St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 798-0759 Principal: Dr. Vanessa Watkins 

E-mail address:

Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 798-8901 Principal: Dr. Derick Evans


Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave. Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 website:

St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9028 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Gayle Bluemel


Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Gayle Bluemel

Contact person: Garrett Newsom, Asst. Principal

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 Website:

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens


 When ‘Finding Nemo’ 
came out in 2003, it was loved, 
just like any other Disney movie. 
It had everything: great story, 
great voice acting, and lots of 
Disney magic. The only thing 
that was missing was the true on-
screen texture of the ocean; you 
didn’t really feel in the movie. It 
needed 3D and, nine years later, 
it got exactly that.

 The film itself has not 
changed at all. It’s still Marlin 
(Albert Brooks) and Dori (Ellen 
DeGeneres) trying to find his lost 
son, Nemo (Alexander Gould) 
and their misadventures along 
the way. Unlike other movies 
that have been rereleased in 3D, 
Disney did not go back through 
and redo some of the CGI, but 
watched the movie, I found that 
they did not need to.

 I expected to see some 
bad moments when, maybe, 
they screwed with the animation 
transfer to make it look better 
in 3D, but that never happened. 
All the 3D did was enhance 
the experience. The movie was 
more beautiful than ever before, 
making you feel like you were 
a part of the great deep sea 
adventure. Whoever thought of 
putting “Finding Nemo’ in 3D, I 
thank you very, very much.